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Danielle Anderson
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Module 1

I would like to start by saying that I am very pleased to be participating in this course and grateful it will so conveniently fit into my life 🙏. I listened to my first module today and found it to be very intriguing. The idea that massage is a synchronized dance between practitioner and client is perfect! As a yoga teacher the breath is life and thus removes blockages and restores life when it is free flowing and non restricted. I feel like this alone will already be of tremendous help in my current practice. I do love that Thai Massage is uniquely suited to both the therapist and the client. It's flowing movements and focus on healthy body mechanics is what drew me to it in the first place. I feel as a practitioner and yoga teacher we need to take care of our own bodies as well as the people we treat. How effective can we be if we are hurt or injured? I also liked the comment about the single notes becoming a symphony. What a beautiful metaphor for a massage session. 

Having studied reflexology I understand how energy lines and blockages are the key to relaxation and relief. I am happy to hear that it works on the same principles as yoga and acupressure. I am excited to continue on this new journey and feel confident this will help me in gaining a greater understanding of the art of Thai Massage.

 

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Hi Danielle, welcome to our community and to the Complete Thai Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized.

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You are joining a large group of yoga teachers who have gone through this training course, and with your background, you immediately picked up on all the essential elements of this program. I myself have a yoga background too, and I included more yoga-compatible principles in my style of Thai Massage than you normally find in Thai Massage schools and courses.

As a reflexologist, you would be delighted by our Thai Foot Massage course which includes an amazing system for Thai Reflexology. It is much more therapist-friendly than the western style, along the same principles as the Thai Massage training. That's something for future consideration.

You will learn a good amount of Thai Foot Massage in the Complete Thai Massage course, but the reflexology training is a separate stand-alone modality.

Anyway, for now you will have TONS of material to become an excellent Thai Massage therapist via this course, and I am looking forward to following your progress here in the forum and assisting you whenever needed. I am glad you joined us! Smile

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Module 2

Hello! So today I completed module 2. I must report that your advice is already helping my practice. Today I implemented more rhythmic breathing techniques with my  clients and noticed a big difference in the overall energy of the experience. They all commented that they were very happy with today's sessions 🙏 

I felt also a little less pressure and allowed myself  to be more creative after listening to the part about not needing to necesarily follow tradition. I have always found my sessions to be geared towards the individual and each one is slightly different as per what I feel as I'm going so  hearing that was reassuring. I did practice the Chi Machine Technique on someone and they really enjoyed the experience! How delightful! I feel as thought this will be something I will implement in Yoga classes with my students as well during savasana. 

I also watched the other videos in this module and was very happy to see what a Thai Massage studio looks like in Thailand. I had no idea! Thank again and look forward to the next module.

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Danielle (Meadow)

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Getting such positive feedback after your very first practice session sounds like a really good start to me! Smile

With your yoga background, the breathing should come naturally to you. For massage therapists who have no yoga background, this can be more challenging.

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Module 3 

I hope I am posting in the correct forum for certification? I did read all the instructions and think I am doing this correctly but never hurts to double check. 

This module was based on the feet and practicing in the supine position. This is an important area to me because I am certified in Reflexology. I fully understood the meaning of how the bodies energy systems and the physical body can be affected by manipulation of the feet. It was nice to learn some new techniques and when I practiced it on my partner he commented that is was very relaxing and calming. Most massages I have been taught start with the back so begining with the feet is different for sure, but makes a lot of sense! I can see it really helping to relax the nervous system and establish a good connection with the client. 

I have to say I find myself feeling more and more comfortable and glad that I am going deeper into the Thai Massage direction with my practice. I love how there is such a focus on using whole body leverage and so many more options for tools. 

I also enjoyed the video about the Markets and where they practice Thai Massage in Thailand! You sure don't see that around here! (Canada, B. Looking forward to my next module 🙏

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Danielle (Meadow)🕉️

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Yes, you are in the correct forum! I am happy to hear that my teaching style resonates with you. It seems that you are on your way to developing a love affair with Thai Massage - that's what happened to me when I first learned it 20 years ago. Smile

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Module 4

I will start off by saying that I did have trouble when practicing the circular foot bending and twisting. I am getting the hang of it slowly and still working through it practicing doing it seperately and then all together. the comment that it's like driving a stick shift makes a lot of sense. I also notice my session becoming more gentle. Not so much with the pressure but in the way I facilitate each one. Taking my time more and making my movements more flowing.

The conceptual learning is new to me but does make a lot more sense. I find when I am given just a routine it can seem very structured and robotic. I also notice when I've taken courses like that I am always afraid to not have my paper there in case I miss something. I am grateful for the advice and boost in confidence knowing that if I miss something it's not a big deal! 

My partner for this module commented that he really enjoyed the kneading if the bottom of the foot 🙏 thanks again 

 

Namaste 🕉️

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That's quite normal that the circular foot bending technique is challenging in the beginning. It is one of the more complex techniques of the entire system. This will happen with more techniques early on in the course. 

Thai Massage is quite a complex system with lots and lots of techniques. But the good news is that it will give you a huge amount of skills which will take your massage to a whole new level. 

There is no doubt that it will take some time and practice to learn it well. In the beginning it can feel a little overwhelming to learn it all, but after a while it will all make more sense and fit together like the steps in a dance or the moves in a Tai Chi form.

There are several 'summary' modules in this course where you will see how it all fits together in a flowing way. Those will help a lot.

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Module 5

Thank you 🙏 I am practicing as much as possible and really getting a sense of the flowing nature of the technique. Each time it seems to be getting more connected. My father has been doing Tai Chi for over 40 years and I watch him often. I do sometimes participate but usually am busy with my yoga practice. I feel like this is helping me with that as well. I am paying more attention to my transitions in practice. 

The part about warming up the muscles stuck with me because in my acupressure massage I use hotstones in the begining to warm things up. I really like the warm up techniques and feel like I will incorporate that with my table massage aswell. I had my partner do it on me and it feels really relaxing 💆 Can't wait for the next one!

 

Namaste 🕉️

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Wow, yoga and Tai Chi in the family - what a great environment and conducive background for your Thai Massage practice!

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Module 6

This was module had been a little more tricky to get there hang of. I have a few other people thay I've been using as partners to practice some of the more new (to me) on and definitely haven't had any complaints though 😉. I really like the kneading the soles of the foot technique!! Ive been incorporating it into my Thai and Acupressure practice each time. For this module though I loved learning how to use the forearm for thigh work 🙏 saving my hands is a huge reason I began learning Thai massage in the first place. I am really practicing getting a sense of the flow and using my whole body to lean and release. 

And on another note yes I feel very fortunate that my father taught me Tai chi at such a young age. It was easier to intuit the energy channels etc in the body ✨

 

Namaste 🕉️

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Saving your hands is an excellent reason for learning Thai Massage. Actually I just wrote an article about that. You will see it in your inbox soon.

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Module 7 - Leg Stretches 

I would like to start off by saying I enjoyed the extra video of the 10 000 monks. It's nice to learn more about the culture and experience a bit of Thailand.

I really liked the information about how to recognize tight hips ! I have found this to be helpful for both my yoga classes and even table massage aswell. I have tried the stretching techniques and found that they were a slightly different variation than what I learned. I feel like the techniques here allowed me to be in a much more comfortable position and added some extra missing pieces to the technique. For example: hip lift cross pull stretch. I was not aware that you needed to pull the leg inward and up slightly to get the proper lift and traction. Very helpful info 🙏 !

 

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I am glad that you enjoyed the 10000 monks video. And I am glad that I caught the very last one of those events on camera.

I have heard from quite a few course students that they find many subtleties in the material which improve their existing knowledge of techniques they had already learned elsewhere. Many times a little adjustment in the body mechanics and the execution of a technique make a big difference in how it feels and works. My motto has always been to make Thai Massage as easy as possible for the therapist - better results with less effort.

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Module 8

Again we went over some techniques I have practised before but with a little more understand and depth which was very nice. The hip pie is a fantastic way to think of it too. I have used the 180 degree stretch but not with the hands placed that way  I love how it incorporates compression into as opposed to what I was first taught with just the stretch. My partner commented that he prefers that way much more!

I am excited to keep going. My only real struggle so far is the positioning of my own body and feet. I am practicing as much as I can and trying to remember all my foot placements and blocking etc. I don't find any issues with discomfort because of my yoga background which helps.

 

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The positioning is like a dance. In the beginning you feel clumsy and step on your partner's feet, but after a while it starts to flow. It just takes some time to get there! Smile

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Module 9

Working my way through the leg stretches. Again I found some new added steps to the techniques I've learned before. Rocking the hip before the spinal twist is an example of that! I have found that one to be very intense so rocking into it makes a lot of sense. I also noted the info for asking the client how they're pain level is from 1-10. I could really use this for the acupressure I think  aswell🙏 thanks again. I'm really enjoying everything I'm learning.

 

Namaste

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Happy to hear that! Smile

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Module 10

Leg Stretches 4

I found it very interesting to hear about how all the energy lines connect to the abdomen and how keeping your energy there clear and paying attention to that place is important. It is in yoga aswell! In my teacher training we were told that this is where we actually reside. Not in the mind.. I love how closely related all these things are. I tried the techniques on my partner and was very careful as he isn't too flexible. They are definitely some very deep stretches. I'm very excited to be able to start using these in my practice aswell. 

I watched the mini video about balance and will be practicing daily when I do my yoga routine.

 

Thanks so much. Namaste 🙏

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That's why Thai Massage and yoga are such a good combination. This is not so surprising considering that they are members of the same family.

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